How Much Does Carpet Cleaning Cost?
©Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate at AbcCarpets.com
- When to have your Carpets Cleaned.
- Finding a Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company.
- Facts about Carpet Cleaning Prices.
A popular homeowner question is “How much will it cost to have my carpets cleaned?” If it’s been several years since your last professional carpet cleaning then your carpets are likely quite dirty, even though it may not appear dirty it may require some special “carpet cleaning” attention.
The price you’ll pay for carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of your carpet and the amount of time and effort and cleaning products it will take to do the job right.
Rule # 1
The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned.
Imagine not cleaning your stove top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be to clean it thoroughly?
The same goes for your carpet. If you haven’t your carpet cleaned in years, no matter who you call it’s going to take some extra time and effort to do the job properly.
Don’t expect miracle results from low-cost or discount carpet cleaning services.
If your carpets are in serious need of a thorough deep-cleaning, don’t go searching for a Carpet Cleaner Coupon that says “Two Rooms Cleaned for $29.99!” You won’t be happy with the results from a light surface cleaning.
Carpet Cleaners that advertise super cheap prices are notorious for luring you in with an amazing low price special and once they arrive, they surprise you with an estimate so high it will knock you off your feet! You don’t need this type of aggravation! But be prepared to pay a reasonable and fair price to have your carpets properly cleaned.
Carpet Cleaning Cost
The typical cost to clean your carpet will range from 15 cents to 45 cents per square foot.
Dirty carpets take longer and require more effort to clean. This means if you have your carpets professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months like the carpet manufacturers suggest, then the cost to have your carpet cleaned should be on the low end of the pricing scale.
But if you wait too long to have your carpets cleaned, then expect the price you are asked to pay to be on the higher end of the pricing scale. If you haven’t had your carpets professionally cleaned in 6 years, don’t be surprised when the estimate is twice or three times as much as you expect.
The fact is, all carpet cleaners must charge a reasonable price for their services or they won’t be able to stay in business. If it takes twice as long to thoroughly clean your carpet then expect the job to be priced accordingly.
One Room Cost Example:
A common bedroom size is 10’ X 14’ or 140 square feet.
- At 18 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $25.00 (Carpet doesn’t appear dirty)
- At 28 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $40.00 (Carpet looks fairly dirty)
- At 36 cents per square foot the cost for cleaning would be about $50.00 (Carpet is very dirty!)
Some Carpet Cleaning companies prefer to charge by the room or by the job. It still ends up being pretty close to the same price as it would be if calculated by the square foot, so if you know about how many square feet you need to have cleaned it will be easy for you to calculate an approximate cost.
Whole House Carpet Cleaning Cost Example:
Most 3-bedroom ranch style homes are about 1000 square feet.
- At 18 cents per square foot – Total cost about $180.00 (Carpet doesn’t appear dirty)
- At 28 cents per square foot – Total cost about $280.00 (Carpet looks fairly dirty)
- At 36 cents per square foot – Total cost about $360.00 (Carpet is very dirty!)
Please remember: It’ is NOT a scam for a professional carpet cleaner to charge you more to clean a very dirty carpet.
Proper Carpet Care and Maintenance
It’s up to you to make sure your carpet is maintained and cared for according to the carpet manufacturer’s guidelines. Failure to do so will void your carpet warranty and cause your carpet to wear out prematurely. Regular vacuuming and professional cleanings every 12 to 18 months is required and will allow your carpet to last as long as possible. Learn more How To Care For Your Carpet
Have your carpets cleaned before they start to look dirty.
Abrasion is what causes carpet to look ugly and worn out. If you wait too long between cleanings, your carpet can become permanently damaged. Dirt and grime can easily cause abrasive wear that cannot be undone. Once you reach this point there is nothing any carpet cleaner can do to restore the “like-new” appearance your carpet once had. Sure you can have your carpets cleaned, but you won’t be happy with the way your carpet looks when it’s done.
Make arrangements to have your carpets cleaned regularly
There are plenty of “poor quality” carpet cleaning companies that you need to avoid. So instead of clipping out a carpet cleaning coupon and rolling the dice hoping you get good service, visit Alan’s Best Carpet Cleaner Directory and see who I recommend near you. All the companies on my list are IICRC certified and personally hand-selected by me. They must pass my test before I will recommend them to you. Make an appointment and ask them about their Carpet Maintenance Plans.
What is a Carpet Maintenance Plan?
Offered only by professional carpet cleaning businesses, it’s a special price you can get for purchasing your future carpet cleanings in advance for a discounted price. Perhaps they might offer four carpet cleanings for the price of three or three carpet cleanings for the price of two. This can be a smart way to make sure your carpets cleaned on a regular and ongoing basis.
I think it is a very smart move and you have the option of setting the date of cleaning whenever it is convenient for you. You will save money in the long run, your carpet will last years longer, your home will always look nice and be a healthier place to you and your family to live.
Carpet Cleaning Extras
Spills, spots and stains…
Some carpet stains need special treatment and require extra time, treatment and effort. You should expect pre-treatment of most spots and stains to be included as part of the basic price, but in some cases, especially with pet accidents or biological spills and stains there may be an extra charge. It’s impossible to predict how much extra it might be without knowing the type of stain, size and disposition of the affected area.
Carpet Damage, Restoration and Repairs
Carpet Cleaners may be able to repair or restore your damaged carpet. Carpet is often damaged from floods, accidents, burns or pets, but may be repairable or restored by a competent carpet Cleaning technician.
Some spots and stains are impossible to clean but other options may be available. In some cases, depending on the type of carpet you have, carpet dyeing may restore the color to a faded or bleached out area. Burns can be cut out and replaced with leftover carpet or by using the same carpet taken from a “less critical” area (like a closet).
Some carpets may need to be re-stretched or reinstalled. The cost for these extra services will depend on your situation. If the cost is too high or if the carpet is not repairable you will have to decide if it’s time to start thinking about buying new carpet.